Jan. 13, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Sophomore forward Kyle Wilson has been selected as the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week for his efforts in leading the Black Knights’ men’s basketball team to a pair of victories, including a win at arch-rival Navy. Wilson averaged 17.5 points per game, including several key baskets that helped preserve both wins.
The Mission Viejo, Calif., native scored a game-high 23 points to help Army snap a five-game losing streak to Lehigh Wednesday night. Wilson was 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 31 seconds to help thwart the Mountain Hawks’ comeback attempt. It was his eighth 20-point game of the 2013-14 season, topping his season total of seven from his rookie campaign.
Wilson was held to 12 points at Navy, but all of his markers came in the second half to help Army overcome a four-point halftime deficit. He scored nine of Army’s final 10 points, including three key free throws and a clutch three-pointer that pushed Army’s lead to seven points with just more than two minutes remaining.
Wilson, last season’s unanimous choice as Patriot League Rookie of the Year, is averaging a team-high 18.5 points per game through the first 15 outings. He ranks second in the conference both overall and in league play (19.3 ppg). He has scored in double figures 14 times, including the last 10 outings.
Army has won five straight and seven of its last eight games to improve to 8-7 overall. The Black Knights’ 4-0 Patriot League start is a program best. Army will try to stay unbeaten in conference play when it hosts Holy Cross on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.